IT Services news
We are currently determining the most efficient way to release these messages with the least inconvenience to any email users affected by this problem. Thank you for your patience while we work on your behalf.
Note the following problem affecting staff email: Starting at around 2:00 am Saturday, June 4, email messages containing attachments were incorrectly quarantined by the Exchange email security system. This Exchange server is used by about 50% of staff members and is not used by students or alumni. Read the full announcement for details.
We are currently experiencing delays in the delivery of email from McGill to external addresses. Some emails may be delayed anywhere from 5 minutes to 4 hours - in a few cases, even longer. Please check back here for updates on the situation. We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience.
Warning: Phishing email entitled "Helpdesk Report! MCGILL is upgrading the email servers to Microsoft Exchange 2011 (from Exchange 2003/2007)"
Be aware of fraudulent email entitled "Helpdesk Report! MCGILL is upgrading the email servers to Microsoft Exchange 2011 (from Exchange 2003/2007)" that are circulating at McGill. The email asks you to click a link and fill in information to "activate" a mailbox move and increase your storage space. Read the full announcement for details.
On June 8, McGill University will participate in World IPv6 Day, a 24-hour test of the next generation of Internet addresses. The Internet's growth has created a need for more addresses than IPv4 is capable of. The World IPv6 Day aims to encourage organizations to enable the use of IPv6 by their systems to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out.
The ApplicationXtender system (including AX client, AX Web Access and Minerva Finance Imaging) maintenance upgrade that was scheduled for Friday, May 20 at 6:00 pm until Saturday May 21 at 10:00 am, has been cancelled.
McGill’s IT Knowledge Base now has a new URL: http://kb.mcgill.ca. As always www.mcgill.ca/it provides direct links to the IT Knowledge Base, which offers a complete range of information related to campus IT services. But starting this week, a version upgrade gives the IT Knowledge Base a new look and back-end improvements that will allow greater integration with the McGill website.
IT Services will be upgrading to a new version of the IT Knowledge Base on May 18, 2011. The upgrade brings us to the latest release from the vendor and paves the way for a tighter integration of the Knowledge Base with the McGill web system in the future. Users will notice a clean new look with improved readability. Note that URLs for articles will change. See full announcement for details.
There is a problem with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). The server is currently being restarted. Messages will not be delivered over the BES for approximately one hour during this restart. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Faculty and staff who use BlackBerry devices to access their McGill Exchange email via McGill's BlackBerry Enterprise Server are currently unable to send mail. System administrators have been notified of the issue and are working on the problem. We apologize for this inconvenience.
License for Present software (June 2011 - May 2012) now available for order at www.mcgill.ca/software
If you are a McGill administrator of Present software, you can now order your department's licenses for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
REMINDER: On Wednesday May 3, the old website for quarantined email (yourspam.mcgill.ca) will no longer be accessible to release any remaining emails stored there. Users will be redirected to https://junkmail.mcgill.ca.
The 802.11b wireless protocol will be decommissioned on the McGill campus wireless network on May 9, 2011. If you are suddenly unable to access the McGill wireless network you may need to purchase a new wireless network card. If you are unsure, contact the ICS Service Desk for assistance at 514-398-3398.
Staff email is currently slow due to a high load on Exchange servers used for staff mailboxes. Response time will improve as content is synchronized over the next few hours.